The Only Place (CD)


Best Coast

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Billy Gil, Hollywood 12/17/2012

Best Coast peeled back some of the distortion and reverb from their debut, Crazy for You, for this more mature follow-up, which looks more toward country, Phil Spector and Fleetwood Mac for guideposts. The change suits Bethany Cosentino’s voice, which has grown more masterful and affecting over the past few years, hitting all the right notes on songs like the stark “Up All Night.”


05/15/2012

Few singer-songwriters document the process of entering adulthood and looking for lasting love the way Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino does. Her sophomore full-length album, The Only Place, is a more grown-up affair than the anxiety-pinned sunshine pop of Crazy For You, aided by springy, shimmering production from Jon Brion, but luckily Cosentino hasn’t changed too much. The longing Cosentino communicated in songs like Crazy For You’s “Boyfriend” is still present in songs like the swaying countrified ballad “No One Like You,” asking “if I sleep on the floor, will it make you love me more?” The simplicity of her lyrics belies their cleverness, as she pleads with her subject by offering to leave in order to make him stay. Throughout The Only Place, Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno reference ’50s and ’60s country starlets and girl groups, creating Phil Spector-style melodrama with crystalline guitars and lyrics yearning for individualism within codependence in songs like “How They Want Me To Be.” Throughout, Bruno and Brian keep things chugging along nicely in order to allow Cosentino’s personality to shine and not wallow too much in sentimentality, giving the haunting, Julee Cruise-style ballad “Dreaming My Life Away” some nice propulsive drum work, an improvement from an earlier, sparer recording, while “The Only Place” and “Let’s Go Home” burn with college-rock energy to spare. And Cosentino has never sounded better, her voice now brimming with confidence and pulling the heartstrings directly rather than from behind a shield of reverb and lo-fi sonics. It’s impossible not to be affected as she sings simple lines like “I wanna see you, for ever and ever” in the show-stopping “Up All Night.” She makes us feel the simplest sentiments as deeply as the first time we felt them, a hallmark of a truly great songwriter and performer.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Only Place
Best Coast 02:42
2.
Why I Cry
Best Coast 02:19
3.
Last Year
Best Coast 03:33
4.
My Life
Best Coast 02:11
5.
No One Like You
Best Coast 03:01
6.
How They Want Me To Be
Best Coast 03:52
7.
Better Girl
Best Coast 02:53
8.
Do You Love Me Like You Used To
Best Coast 03:15
9.
Dreaming My Life Away
Best Coast 03:21
10.
Let's Go Home
Best Coast 02:34
11.
Up All Night
Best Coast 04:37

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